Delta High School swim coach Karoline Roome brings genuine enthusiasm to practice each day.
The Panthers' second-year head coach likes to think of her athletes as top swimmers from top to bottom. "Each of my swimmers are my top performers. They come with an ability to win their race. Our team is not about top swimmers, but about the family you make inside swimming."
Roome's assistant for the 2016 season is Linda Hollingshead, a long-time swim enthusiast and former head coach.
The Panthers have 23 athletes listed on their team roster. Only two girls are seniors, Blade Hunter and Landre Whelan. Both return to lead the Panthers through the coming season.
There are 13 juniors who improve with each practice and challenge for top times each day.
Returning swimmers from Delta include Rosie Komives, Sami Wollert, Lauryn Metcalf and Kendra Hillman. New junior swimmers are Taylor Bess, Ashley Haag and Miah Drew.
Cedaredge's contingent of returning junior swimmers include Megan Huggett, Olivia McCracken and Lene Meneley. New Bruins' additions include Kamryn Spiker, Abby Williams, Gracie Deck and Morgan Miller.
Delta's returning sophomore swimmers are Kaiti Neely, Sami Lane and Somer Cannon. Ashley LaHoe is one of the new swimmers in the Delta program.
Delta's freshman swimmers are Kalinn Komives, Kiarrah Schotten and Haylee Chamblin.
Cedaredge's Gracie Deck is the lone Bruin freshman on the roster.
Roome commented on the new additions to the team and shared some philosophy. "We have 11 new swimmers on our team this year. I am not sure how we will fare this year, but I know we will give a 100 percent at each meet. These girls put their heart into every practice and it will show each meet they swim in. My goal for the girls is to enjoy the time spent on their team and to take time off in races at each meet. I am looking forward to watching the girls as they perform in the upcoming season."
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.